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Reluctant Revenge and Biblical References in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

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(2017—Director: Matt Reeves) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Maurice was right. I am like Koba. He could not escape his hate…and I still cannot escape mine.” – Caesar (Andy Serkis) Potential spoilers below The rebooted Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy has become the defining trilogy of the 2010s, managing to improve with each installment. Rise of the Planet …

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Finding My Path at Skydance Media

In Industry News and Interviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

(Pictured: An image from the upcoming film Geostorm, created by Skydance Media). — By Tyler Carlos, 2016 Graduate — During my final quarter in the MBA in Film Producing program at John Paul the Great Catholic University, I had the opportunity to intern at Skydance Media, a diversified media company that creates feature films, television, and interactive platforms. My internship …

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Virgin Territory: A ‘Jane the Virgin’ Review

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— By Carly Twehous — At a young age, Jane Villanueva made a promise to her telenovela-obsessed grandmother. Whilst holding a beautiful white flower in her hand, Jane swore to never crumble the flower of her virginity… Until marriage. Jane, ever the quirky, charming, loyal, and perfect granddaughter, keeps her promise to her grandmother, in the hopes of not ending …

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‘Wonder Woman’ Resuscitates the DC Extended Universe

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(2017—Director: Patty Jenkins) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) In 2016, Warner Bros. released Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (BVS) and Suicide Squad to get the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) underway. An intense storm of division between audiences and critics followed both films. Great pressure began to precede the next DCEU installment—the solo debut of Wonder Woman on the …

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The Greatest Story Ever Told: Review of ‘Supernatural’

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An Objective, One-Hundred Percent Unbiased Review of Supernatural By Carly Twehous At first glance, Supernatural, now going on its thirteenth season, is a fairly standard genre show. “Star Wars in truck-stop America,” creator Eric Kripke said in his first pitch. Two brothers—one Han Solo and the other Luke Skywalker—brought up by their father as hunters of the bizarre and unnatural …

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ in ‘Cars 3’

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(2017—Director: Brian Fee) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Pixar released the first Cars in 2006. While it achieved financial success, many noted the subdued critical reception and suspected that the film served only to sell toys. In those same minds, the film’s 2011 sequel Cars 2 confirmed that suspicion. Since then, Pixar and their films have faced backlash and …

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War & Animal Companionship in ‘Megan Leavey’

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(2017—Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite) High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) At first glance, combining the friendship of a human and a dog with the harsh realities of war end up manipulating the emotions in an unnatural way. Fortunately, the true story of Megan Leavey and her war dog Rex steers clear of sentimental overload. Their chemistry matches the impressive and restrained war …

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‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’—A Rough But Overall Positive U-Turn for the Franchise

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(2017—Directors: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars) Six years removed from the last installment of Pirates of the Caribbean and with another directorial shift (this time to the directorial team behind the 2012 Oscar-nominated historical drama Kon-Tiki), Disney, Johnny Depp, and company return for the fifth time to this fantasy swashbuckling world. The resulting installment is …

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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’—Legend Meets Excessive Style

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(2017—Director: Guy Ritchie) ★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) tends to emphasize style over substance in his films. This remains the case with his latest work—Warner Bros.’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Ritchie tries to combine the classical nature of Arthurian legends with his trademark montages and quick cuts. The …